Mykonos!

Mykonos Ammos Beach Hotel

Mykonos Ammos Beach Hotel

Looking for a fabulous beach front resort in Mykonos that also has that elusive glamour edge? I have few favourites on this famous jewel of an island… but check this new stunner out ….. the Mykonos Ammos Hotel, it’s open for the summer season and it’s drop dead gorgeous.

I usually prefer to stay in town… at the homey Rochari, and stumble down into town to dine at little gems like The Kitchen (run by two handsome brothers… and please, please try the Lemon Chicken, you will thank me… so delicious!) but I have to say that I could easily split my time between Rochari in town and this beachfront bolt-hole which is situated on the best part of Ornos Beach.

Mykonos Ammos Beach Club

Mykonos Ammos Beach Club

The Mykonos Ammos Hotel is home to two sexy pool areas and a beach club… the famed Athens eatery Kuzina Restaurant also sets up beachfront to woo the International Jetset while the resort’s breezy white-washed rooms are mixed with minimalist design and billowing white curtains … de rigueur in Mykonos!

Other fab restaurants to enjoy this season are… the sophisticated Athens sushi hot-spot Kiku Kiku whose summer address is Cavo Tagoo (giving Matsuhisa a run for his money), and Roca Cookery… hailed by locals as THE place this season to enjoy directional, modern Greek cuisine… its perfect position perched above the old port seals the deal on this new comer!

Apriati

Apriati

After dinner in Mykonos town, swing by Apriati the Greek luxury jewellery brand, their stylish bracelets and jewellery are simple and too chic for words… these were definitely my favourite find during my last stay… love them!

All of this AND the first dedicated Louis Vuitton summer pop up store, with its well curated, beach themed collection, sets Mykonos up once again to be the place to play this summer.

Louis Vuitton Mykonos Pop Up

Louis Vuitton Mykonos Pop Up Store

Lastly… and for those that struggle to keep their eyes open until 3am to head onto Paradise Club (yeh right!)… the new M Ultra Lounge will keep you chilled with a relaxed Cafe del Mar back beat.

It’s not too late to book either, contact me for further info and I can create your glamorous getaway to this iconic isle now!

Where’s Brent Going?

Montauk Beach House

Montauk Beach House

OK, due to popular demand, my new section “Where’s Brent Going?” is up and running. (thank you Markos from Canaves Oia in Santorini for your inspiration!) These posts will feature hot new hotels and destinations on my hit list (and may just include some classic legends I haven’t had the time to visit yet!)

Montauk Beach House

Montauk Beach House

So first up is The Montauk Beach House, this reinvented Motel will be the talk of the Hamptons this summer. Situated in downtown Montauk and steps from the ocean, it is a short stroll from Montauk’s most exciting shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. The interiors are a mix of Soho beach style and decadent luxury – choose the Oceanmist rooms that are located poolside for maximum glamour exposure – all with panelled walls and wide planked floors, it’s industrial poolside chic!

Montauk Beach House

Montauk Beach House

The new resort will also feature No 50 at The Montauk Beach House, a fabulous European style beach club open to guests and members. It will feature an all day restaurant and 120+ sunbed lounge service. Summer events will include everything from yoga classes and movie nights to sunset sessions with live music and DJ’s.

Montauk Beach House

Montauk Beach House

The hippest crowd in the Hamptons now have a new home!

Now all I have to do is book my flight to New York and pack my Robinson les Bains!

M&M Sydney Winter 2012 Launch!

M&M Sydney Winter 2012 Collection

M&M Sydney Winter 2012 Collection

Thursday I attended the Winter 2012 launch of M&M Sydney’s latest bag collection. M&M Sydney is the accessory line spin-off of my good buddy Marco Meneguzzi (one of Sydney’s chicest and hottest interior designers) and his business partner Nikki Valmorbida (who is back in Sydney after whirling around New York and Europe for the last decade!).

Brent and his M&M Sydney Collection

Brent and his M&M Sydney Collection

M&M Sydney Winter 2012 Collection

M&M Sydney Winter 2012 Collection

These canvas & suede or canvas & leather bags with contrasting striped linen lining in Marco’s signature colours looked fabulous against the backdrop of one of Sydney’s grandest harbourfront homes (as well as over my shoulder!)…and yes Marco also designed and created these beautiful interiors,  which I can promise are as chic as the bags!

The sun shone… and the Sauvignon Blanc flowed, into what ended up becoming a fabulous Sydney afternoon.

Make sure you jump online and check out the full collection at http://www.mandmsydney.com/

Hot Stop in Hong Kong!

Brent, Carolyn, Chrissie & Albert Pre Dinner at Man Wah - Hong Kong

Brent, Carolyn, Chrissie & Albert Pre Dinner at Man Wah – Hong Kong

Ok, so ILTM Asia was a hoot…and hard work! ;) with 6 nights spent table hopping in the best restaurants (El Willy) and table dancing at the most glamorous Shanghai nightclubs (Bar Rouge),all of this frivolity left me wanting a slick city escape to calm myself before I jetted back to wintery Sydney.

Hong Kong was the perfect option, a smooth flight on Friday morning led myself and assorted funsters (Carloyn Turnbull and Chrissie Lincoln – Aman glamazons) onto that fab city. On arrival we were given the VIP treatment and met by the very capable ground staff at Hong Kong airport where we were whisked (and I mean that… those little carts can move fast!) down to immigration, through to baggage claim and into the waiting car for our very smooth transfer to the Landmark Mandarin Oriental where Chrissie and I were in residence for two nights.

LMO Hong Kong L600

LMO Hong Kong L600

Landmark Mandarin Oriental (LMO) is one of my very favourite hotels in Hong Kong if  not the world. Its sleek, intimate club like feel keeps this establishment high on my ‘IT LIST’. Mr Anthony Costa the General Manager, who arranges all of my stays (and my clients’ stays too) was on hand again to help make this stay as memorable as any others. For me, the location of LMO is unbeatable and the rooms are sleek and calming and as such, the hotel is a real cocoon of discrete serenity. All the rooms and suites are masterpieces of contemporary design and feature very glamorous bathrooms, oh… and did I mention the lighting? All very flattering!

Man Wah

Man Wah

My first night dining destination was Man Wah at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. Often referred to as Hong Kong’s most beautiful dining space, Man Wah is Mandarin Oriental Kong Kong’s Michelin star, signature Cantonese restaurant. As guests of Mr Jonas Schuermann, Mandarin Oriental’s charming General Manager, we dined on a perfect degustation menu of Cantonese classics all chosen by Jonas. I would have to say the highlight for me was definitely the Peking Duck… real ‘melt in your mouth’ stuff! It was a very funny & fabulous night.

Albert Herrera of Virtuoso also joined us (he is Vice President of Hotels, Destinations & Tours) and was centre stage as he regaled stories of his very fabulous travelling adventures – he even gave me the name of his personal tailor in Hong Kong whom we visited the very next day for my shirt fittings. All sized, sewn and FedExed to me in 10 days! Gotta love a Chinese tailor, especially one so highly recommended (contact me for his details).

Day two, Chrissie and I  headed up to The Peak in the rain… funny, neither of us had ever been to The Peak before so we trekked on regardless with the blessing of Tony Costa – he promised the sun would shine by the time we reached it and he was right! These drop dead views of Hong Kong are not to be missed

* Heres a hot tip: Go early… take the taxi up and cable car down, it’s the best way to do it.

Luk Yu Tea House

Luk Yu Tea House

Dim Sum - Luk Yu Teahouse

Dim Sum – Luk Yu Teahouse

Back down the hill we headed to the mecca of luxury goods extravagance at The Landmark (GUCCI , PRADA etc.. they didn’t stock have my size….ho hum..) and a whirl around H&M (running into some new friends I had met at ILTM, you know who you are!). Lunch was fab Dim Sum at ‘Luk Yu Tea House’ (the concierge at LMO put me onto this authentic tea house a while back). Later we freshened up and headed across town to The Ritz Carlton and Ozone bar on the 113th floor (the highest bar in the world!)… to meet Frederico Ferjado, our very fabulous travel buddy from Brazil, Fred was in town to inspect the latest and most fabulous properties in Hong Kong for his high end Brazilian travel company (…he even got to be one of the first guests at The Siam in Bangkok the very same week!)

Brent , Chrissie & Frederico - Ritz Carlton Hong Kong

Brent , Chrissie & Frederico – Ritz Carlton Hong Kong

Chrissie and I then bid Fred a fond farewell and headed back across the harbour to Island Tang for dinner.

This luxurious Hong Kong Cafe with Shanghai 1930’s interiors styled by Sir David Tang (who also owns the famous China Club) was a superb end to a fab weekend in Hong Kong. Do not miss the Char Sui Pork, it is a house specialty and one of the best you will ever eat… I promise.

Island Tang

Island Tang

New & Noteworthy!

The Siam Bangkok

The Siam Bangkok

Well…  it was a fun week, whirling around Shanghai with a few very important meetings thrown in for good measure.  As you know I was in Shanghai to attend ILTM Asia, the leading “by invitation only” luxury travel event for Asia-Pacific travel buyers (& stylists!). It’s three days of catch ups and air kissing with the best of the best in the industry and THE place to discover a little destination gem or two.

I did manage to find a couple of properties that are definitely worth talking about, one is The Siam in Bangkok… this 39 room riverside luxury retreat features Bangkok’s most spacious suites filled with priceless antiques, contemporary comforts and above all, oriental allure. The Siam will be the hottest address for those in the know seeking a more authentic and personalised stay in this exciting city.

The Siam is also featured in this months South East Asia Travel + Leisure where it also made the cover!

Cheval Blanc Courchevel

Cheval Blanc Courchevel

I also loved the fab ski chalet Cheval Blanc in Courchevel… the first foray into hotel management by the luxury group LVMH has not gone unnoticed, as this chic chalet is one stunning retreat.

Looks like I will have to learn to ski now… (that’s right Brent doesn’t ski… but he does do snow!).

Luxurious suites and super chic public areas to match, make this one a winter winner. With a Maldives outpost scheduled to open later this year, this is one luxury hotel group I will be keeping a close eye on.

The Surin Phuket

The Surin Phuket

The Surin Phuket is another property that has had a magic make over… it was known as The Chedi under the GHM brand and has now been refreshed and reborn as The Surin, the hillside suites are all white-walled… all very Caribbean chic and set on tranquil Pansea Beach (shared with the iconic Amanpuri). It is contemporary, cool and above all luxurious. With the new GM Antonio Saponara at the helm (he is ex Aman) this will be one beach retreat worth recommending.

Le Royal Monceau Paris

Le Royal Monceau Paris

One other city slicker I discovered and plan to visit this year is Le Royal Monceau in Paris… with its stunning contemporary interiors by Philippe Starck and panache to match, this is one property sure to ruffle a few established feathers in the 8th arrondissement!

Le Royal Monceau Paris

Le Royal Monceau Paris

All rooms feature stunning bathrooms and dressing rooms designed just like an ateliers’, including perfect lighting guaranteed to make you look ravishing even after a night of table dancing at Le Bain Douche – a bath house turned nightclub where I used to party in the 80’s with all the top models of the day… but that’s another story!

The luxury spa is My Blend by Clarins where you can even create your very own skin care range all tailored to your personal needs… now that’s what I call luxury!

El Willy – A Night in Shanghai!


Last night a few funsters of the travel world and my very good friends at Aman Resorts descended upon El Willy to catch up after a long first day of networking at ILTM Asia in Shanghai. I am pictured above with the very dapper Luca Bandecchi from Paramount Hotels & Resorts Dubai (yes, as in the movies!), Chrissie Lincoln the vivacious Director of Sales for Aman Resorts Indonesia (and my travel buddy – we jet to Hong Kong on Friday) and Francesco Galli Zugaro, (he created Aqua Expeditions, Peru’s leading luxury tour operator in the Amazon – I know .. totally fabulous AND he is possibly the best dressed man of the show!)
El Willy came highly recommended by the very fabulous Pouya Jalali, Area Director of Sales, International, The Ritz Carlton Hotels of Shanghai (my girl to go to in Shanghai… Pouya really knows her stuff, everything from fab finds in the markets to getting the best table at a booked out restaurant, Pouya just makes it happen in effortless style).

Dinner was a superb selection of tapas from a modern Iberian menu, all chosen by my glamorous friend Carolyn Turnbull from Aman Resorts. My favourite dish would have to be the Croquettes (we ordered twice!). El Willy has it all, a madcap chef, drop dead Bund views, a great atmosphere and above all…. good lighting!

Go now, you wont regret it.

Party at The Puli!

Well, this would have to be one of the chicest suites I have had the pleasure to check into. I am in residence at The Puli Shanghai …in town for six nights to attend the International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM). My home in Shanghai is the number one choice of stay for the fashion and design crowd (right now the team behind the new mega DIOR store are all in house , all looking very fabulous … black is still de rigueur!) and totally suits me down to the ground. Its cool charm and luxe amenities assures this player is ahead of the game as a true urban luxury resort.

Now you all know how I do love room service?? Take a look at the Jumbo Prawn Wonton Soup I ordered on arrival …. YUM!